Author: Lori Foster
Publication: HQN Books (April 26, 2011)
Description: Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all….
My Thoughts: This is everything I like in romantic suspense. The hero was uber-alpha, confident, and competent but with a heart that wasn't afraid to love. The heroine was also strong, confident and competent. Nevertheless, they need each other.
Molly was kidnapped and kept cative in Mexico. Dare rescued her while he was rescuing his good friend's little sister. Dare is determined to find out who kidnapped Molly and to protect her -- for life. There are a number of possible suspects. Was it her father (their relationship is really bad)? Her ex-fiance? One of her readers? Molly writes romantic suspense and one of her books is going to be made into a movie.
I liked the interplay between Dare and Molly. At first, Molly is determined to be strong and to get through the aftermath of her kidnapping alone. She keeps saying the she is "fine" which really irritates Dare. Dare begins by wanting just to protect Molly but she gradually creeps into his life until he can't imagine his life without her. He is so tender with her. It provides a great contrast to how tough he is with the rest of the world.
I enjoyed following along as Dare and Molly tried to figure out who had her kidnapped and why they did it. It took me until two/thirds of the way through the book to be pretty sure that I knew who the villain was.
This was a great story and book one of a series about "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor."
Shaking her head, Molly pondered aloud, "What did I ever see in you, Adrian?"I received the ARC for review and as part of Lori's blog tour. You can get you own at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. I know that I am also adding Trace of Fever and Savor the Danger to my wishlist too.
Dare snorted. "I was just wondering the same thing."
That insulted Adrian. "I'm a hell of a good catch!"
"No." Molly shook her head. "You were just...handy. A convenient companion. Handsome, yes. Educated. But now...now I can't believe I was ever so dumb, or so desperate."
Dare frowned down at her. "You were desperate?"